About Our Shelter...
To establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment between humans and animals in Santa Barbara County.
--To protect the human and domestic animal population from rabies.
--To protect the animal population from the dangers of the streets and the wild, and from other potential harm.
--To assure that a minimum of 90% of Santa Barbara County's dog population has been vaccinated against rabies.
--To protect the public's safety by enforcing animal codes and ordinances and animal quarantines.
--To prevent and investigate the inhumane treatment of animals.
--To educate and inform the public in the areas of animal codes, animal ordinances, and responsible pet ownership.
--To implement and maintain an automated licensing program for dogs and animal related businesses.
--To respond to emergency service requests from the public or law enforcement as quickly as possible and within one hour of receiving the call.
--To respond to routine service requests from the public within 48 hours.
--To impound domestic and wild stray animals.
--To provide services to the public to aid them in locating their lost animals.
--To implement, maintain, and encourage an adoption program for impounded animals.
--To provide, with veterinary supervision and/or assistance, medical attention for all impounded animals.
--To manage unclaimed animals through adoption, rescue, or humane euthanasia.
Come Meet Our Pets...
Santa Barbara Shelter adoption hours are Monday through Friday 9 am - 4:30 pm and Saturdays 10 am - 3:30 pm. A no-obligation adoption application is required before meeting the dogs and is good for as many dogs as you would like to meet. You will find the
no obligation dog adoption application
online that you can fax to 805-681-5283 or visit the SB Animal Shelter location. Volunteer Adoption Counselors are standing by to help you find the best match for you. Adoption fees are $110 plus applicable license fee depending on where you live. Ask about any adoption fee discount promotions that you may be eligible for.
Our Adoption Process...
When you go to the shelter, take a tour of the kennels, ask staff or volunteers for assistance, and make note of the dog’s name and kennel number. The shelters do their best to have a posting of photos of dogs in foster and dogs temporarily away from the shelter.
For Santa Barbara County Shelters, you will need to complete an application form with no obligation and have it reviewed by the shelter staff. The application is easy to fill out. If you are a renter, you will need your landlord’s contact telephone number to complete the application.
For a dog in the Santa Barbara County Shelter in Goleta, bring your completed application in to the County Shelter at 5473 Overpass Road, Goleta or fax it in to 805-681-5283.
Once your application is reviewed by the staff, an adoption counselor will talk with you to learn more about what you are looking for in a new dog companion. The adoption counselor will then set up a meet-and-greet between you and your potential new "best friend".
You can meet any number of dogs with your approved application. If you are getting interested in one particular dog, then all other house members and dogs must meet the adoptable dog before adoption. In most cases, the adoption may be done in one day or may take a couple of visits.
A dog adoption from the Santa Barbara Animal Shelter is $110 and includes a spay/neuter certificate, current vaccinations, rabies, health records, transition food, loaner items, goody bag, and a coupon for 4 free dog behavior training sessions which is funded by donations to K-9 PALS for the promotion of life-long homes for dogs. An additional small fee is charged if micro-chipping is requested. Dog license fees for your city or county are additional.
Once you have decided on your new “best friend” and all the family introductions are complete, the adoption counselor provides you with an Adopter Manual (dog or puppy) to help you transition your pet to your household. The staff or volunteer will go over a few helpful hints and will send you off usually with a few free samples or goodies for your pooch.